The Daily Grind: Do you still want a Game of Thrones MMORPG?

    
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I’m sure that at some point in the last 4200 or so Daily Grinds we’ve done on Massively OP and Massively-that-was over these many long years, we asked you about a Game of Thrones MMORPG a couple of times, but I was able to find only one – from over four years ago. So much has changed along the way, and while Turbine does its non-MMO thing and Bigpoint does… whatever Bigpoint is doing with the franchise, we still don’t have one.

And that’s kinda weird, right? At least somebody should’ve turned it into a survival sandbox by now. But I’d love to see a straight-up MMORPG. Maybe not a themepark or a sandbox but a multi-way RvR with players repping the great houses. It seems bizarre to me that this is the biggest TV show in the world and it’s ending, and yet the IP’s verticality has been bizarre. I can get Game of Thrones Oreos, but where’s the heavily monetizable full-scale online game?

Do you still want a Game of Thrones MMORPG? Or do you think the IP is overdone – or not suited to the genre? (Do note that there will probably be spoilers for the latest episode down in the comments!)

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imayb1

Do you still want a Game of Thrones MMORPG?

NO. Never did. Still don’t. I will be very happy when GoT related articles stop blowing up all my media feeds.

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Vaeris

If it’s going to be a themepark, no. If it’s going to be anything other than subscription based, no. It’s it’s going to be a “survival-X” game, no. If it’s going to have loot boxes in any form, no. If it’s going to be PvP focused, no.

If it’s made in the mold of EQ1, Asheron’s Call or Dark Age of Camelot, then I’d give it a go. Outside of that I only see another big name IP failure happening.

*Yes, I know EQ1 is considered by many to be the father of themeparks. Lets just say all of it’s children fell so far from the tree they aren’t recognizable.

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feleran

This exists.
https://got.gtarcade.com/
But be warned that it’s seriously p2w. As p2w as a game can be.

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Sashaa

A fully fledged ASOIAF (mmo)rpg by the Fallout New Vegas devs.

One man can dream…

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Crowe

Meh, I liked the books and show but I never particularly thought it would make a good MMO. At least not the present story. Maybe something 100 years in the past that’s only vaguely described but nothing in the current generation.

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Fenrir Wolf

It’s difficult to provide my feelings on this in any eloquently succinct way, so…

Enter Ye Myne Mystic World of Gayng-Raype: What the “R” Stands for in “George R.R. Martin”

There’s too much sociopathy for me. I know that’s been trending in American culture, the popularity of “everyone’s a giant bloody bully and also a jerk” is on the rise, but… I’m just not a fan. I’ve experienced so much suffering and pain that it’s not novel to me, I’m not one of the… more fortunate viewers who’ll enjoy feeling clever for appreciating its novelty.

Honestly, I’d had enough way back when I saw the localisation differences in Fantasy Life for the 3DS. In the UK version—that I have—everyone is so genuinely lovely and supportive; whereas, with the US version, everyone is sassy, overly competitive, passive-aggressive, salty, and the kind of people who’d put you down at every turn.

I felt a growing burdensome weariness as this unpleasant flavour of entertainment boomed, what with the likes of the asura in Guild Wars 2, pretty much everyone in Wildstar, and so on.

I just… I’m fed up. I’m an empath, a sensitive person basically, and I just don’t deal with it well. Is it so unusual to want decent, good people these days?

When one feels the need to apply ‘these days’ to ethics and empathy, something’s gone wrong.

So… No. Hard no.

Squirrel Girl’s Marvel Universe MMO, though? Oh, yes please. Admittedly, it can go a bit too far and be a touch saccharine sometimes but it’s exactly what I need what with sociopathy being in the in-thing right now.

~~ Edit ~~

Also? A Dragonriders of Pern MMO might be fun.

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thirtymil

Thanks for the write up – I also find a lot of entertainment (both films and games) unremittingly unempathic. It’s either the Game of Thrones-style emotional bluntness, where the impact is hammered home with a sledgehammer (the ‘shock the audience’ approach), or it’s the flippant disregard of emotion entirely (the ‘action movie’ approach).

Characters with unnecessarily ‘sassy’ attitudes really irritate me, as do games with ‘trick’ emotional consequences, such as RPGs that pull a surprise bad ending for your actions without giving you some warning first. Only last night in the Witcher 3 I brought someone back to apologise for their behaviour, only for the game to snowball it into their actions being punishable by immediate death whilst my character stood there like a lemon and let it happen. That felt emotionally manipulative towards the player – and I’m sure most people would just shrug and enjoy the shock value, but I’m too switched on to those sorts of things to take it that way. I took it as pulling a cheap trick to yank on my emotional strings and I don’t like my strings being pulled that way.

Anyway, I appreciate where you’re coming from – and Dragonriders of Pern would be good, especially if there were fire lizards :)

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Utakata

As long as they hold a Pink Wedding…

“I think you mean Red Wedding, Uta…”

…no I mean pink, where they do the Thanos thing and only kill off half the targeted guests.

“/sigh”

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NeoWolf

I have no objection to the I.P’s usage, but for an MMO it would depend on what form it takes as it does with any MMO. If they were going to make a GoT how did Thirtymil below put it… “a full-loot winner-takes-all permadeath gankbox. Then HELL no… as it would still need to be FUN and that would not be anything I would even remotely call fun.

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thirtymil

Only if it’s a full-loot winner-takes-all permadeath gankbox.

…and only if I don’t have to play it :)

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Fervor Bliss

No I have no trust in a MMO handling the dialog well at all. Also I do not see a MMO going that dark. So it would be just a glaring example of making money over making art. imho

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NeoWolf

I don’t really see it as being any darker than any other Fantasy setting tnh. And in terms of the all the machiavellian politics and backstabbing that is positively tame compared to real life plotting throughout history lol

But I think you make a super valid poitn regarding dialogue. In a GoT MMO a simple dialogue text box would be a grave disservice… and motivations etc.. would have to play a part and I don’t think existing MMO dialogue trees are anywhere near to that level of complexity or detail.

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Fervor Bliss

My name is reek it rhymes with leek.

How many fantasy settings went there? one example.